Slovak Response to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions to The United States of America, and Consular Services at Embassy Bratislava
(Updated August 10th, 2020)
- In a Presidential Proclamation (PP) announced June 22, 2020, President Trump has extended the April 22, PP limiting employment based Immigrant Visas and has broadened the order to include several Non-Immigrant Visas including categories: L, H1B, H2B, J when participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs. The PP will expire on Dec 31, 2020 and may be continued.
- As of July 15, 2020 Embassy Bratislava resumes limited visa services. Some visa applicants may qualify for a visa based on National Interest Exceptions.
- American Citizen Services remain open at Embassy Bratislava.
- President Trump’s Presidential Proclamations (PP) regarding travel suspensions can be found here.
- American Citizens, American permanent residents, and their immediate family members as defined in the March 11, PP will be allowed entry to the U.S.
- Travelers from Europe returning to America must enter the U.S. through one of 13 airports and will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- As of July 15, 2020 Embassy Bratislava resumes limited visa services.
- The border with Ukraine is closed to travel from Slovakia.
- The Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad airports now have limited commercial flights. The Vienna, Budapest, and Prague airports remain open with indirect and some direct itineraries to the United States. However, airlines have reduced their schedule and flights are subject to constant change. Check with your airline before your scheduled departure. For more detailed information visit the websites of the Vienna, Budapest, and Prague airports.
- Flights to Schengen through Vienna, Amsterdam or Frankfurt permit transit as long as you have a proof that the final destination in EU allows entry to you. Please carry a document showing immediate relationship to a Slovak citizen such as marriage certificate or a birth record to a Slovak child when boarding the flight. When considering a flight through other countries such a Poland or Hungary, please verify if transit to Slovakia through those countries is permitted to non- citizens or non-residents at their respective Embassies in the United States and/or with the airlines.
- Except for citizens and residents of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Poland , Monaco, and Faroe Islands, Slovakia has limited entry for all but Slovak citizens and residents, it does not currently limit exits. Third country nationals who are spouses, unmarried minor children and parents of Slovak citizens are exempted from the entry restriction. Transit through Slovakia for EU citizens and residents returning to their country of citizenship/ residency is permitted from June 3, 2020.
- EU Travel updates are available here
Information for American Citizens
Travel to the United States of America
President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation of March 11, 2020 does not pertain to American citizens, legal permanent residents, or their direct family members. These groups will not be denied entry to the U.S.
U.S. Department of State travel advisories on individual countries including Slovakia are available at:
Adhering to Slovak Visa and Residency Regulations
- Temporary and permanent residents, as well as those on paroled status in Slovakia whose validity expires during the declared state of crisis and up to a month afterwards will have their legal status extended for two months after the official state of crisis is declared over. Travel for tourism to other EU countries during that period is not permitted without a legal resident status.
- Travelers that legally entered Slovakia on a Schengen visa will maintain their legal status until one month after the official state of crisis ends but are not permitted to travel for tourism to other countries unless they become official residents.
- Temporary and permanent residents that are outside of Slovakia and are unable to return during the state of crisis can submit their application for renewal of residence status at the closest Slovak Embassy abroad. The Slovak embassy will provide further assistance at that time.
Situation in Slovakia
As of August 10, 2020, Slovakia has 702 active cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Official government of Slovakia statistics can be found at www.korona.gov.sk.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad airports have resumed limited commercial flights.
- Vienna, Budapest and Prague airports remain open with indirect and some direct flight options to the United States. However, operational status may change at any time. It is recommended to check with your airline prior to your departure.
- Residents and citizens of Slovakia may now travel to the following countries without a COVID-19 test or any quarantine requirements: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (as of July 28, 2020), Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Monaco, and Faroe Islands. Traveler that legally entered Slovakia on a Schengen visa waiver for tourism and remained in the country during the COVID-19 crisis are permitted to remain in the country for up to 1 month after the state of crisis is officially terminated but are NOT permitted to enter other countries for tourism, unless they become official residents.
- Borders to Ukraine remain closed.
- Those entering Slovakia from countries other than those previously mentioned, must complete registration form and present negative COVID-19 test not older than 96 hours upon arrival to the Slovak border police or the nearest Regional Office of Public Health and stay in home isolation for minimum 5 days until the new COVID-19 test is taken. In case of arrival at Vienna International Airport, negative COVID-19 test must not be older than 72 hours. In case of transit through other Schengen airports, please monitor changes of entry and transit requirements applicable in the transit countries.
- Violation of the quarantine/self isolation in Slovakia can result fines of €1,650 ($1800). Slovak police announced monitoring movement across Slovak borders and increasing the fines up to 5,000 EUR.
- The state quarantine and use of application eKarantena have been terminated.
- International train and bus transportation have resumed on a limited basis.
- Slovak authorities request that you do not come to hospitals with COVID-19 concerns. Officials request that those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact health authorities at 0917-222-682. Following a discussion with a health care professional, decisions will be made on testing and care.
- Facial coverings (mask, scarf, etc.) are required in all indoor public spaces. They are not required outdoors. Children under the age of two and those with autism are exempted.
- State offices have returned to normal operations with modified schedules. Confirm opening hours prior to seeking assistance.
- As of June 15, nearly all businesses are now open subject to health and sanitation requirements.
- Pre-schools, elementary and high schools re-opened though attendance is optional. All universities are closed for regular attendance.
- Hospitals have resumed treating non-emergency and elective patients.
Embassy Alerts Archive
A complete list of all travel, health, and safety alerts sent by the Embassy can be found here.
Information for Travelers to the United States of America
As directed by the Presidential Proclamation (PP) of March 11, 2020, effective 11:59 PM EST, Friday, March 13, 2020, non-American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate family members that have been in the Schengen area in the immediate 14 days prior will be barred entry to the United States of America. Due to the dynamic situation these policies will remain in place for an unspecified amount of time. Any source other than the official U.S. government that claims to know otherwise is spreading false information for their own purposes. To reiterate, American Citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members as defined in the PP will be allowed entry to the U.S. Any traveler with a valid ESTA who attempts to travel to the United States contrary to this Proclamation will have their ESTA canceled. This cancellation does not preclude a traveler from re-applying for an ESTA after the cessation of the travel moratorium. Travelers who believe they fall within an identified exemption are encouraged to seek guidance in advance of planned travel to avoid travel disruptions. Air carriers are directed to contact the Regional Carrier Liaison Group for additional guidance.
Travelers must re-enter the United States through one of these 13 airports and undertake 14 days of self-quarantine upon return:
- Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
- Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
- Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
- Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
- Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
Information about mandatory quarantining upon returning to the U.S. is available here.
On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation “Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.” Full text of the PP can be found here with the list of exemptions. On June 22, President Trump extended the April 22, PP and broadened the order to include several Non-Immigrant Visas including categories: L, H1B, H2B, J when participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs. Both PPs will expire on Dec 31, 2020, though may be continued. Full text of the June 22 PP can be found here. Case specific questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embassy Bratislava has suspended all Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa operations until the PP has been rescinded except for travelers as detailed in the PP. We recognize that this will interrupt travel plans and apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and understanding in these unique times.
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